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even one republican senator acknowledged the nominee has support of some key conservatives. in her native new york accent, elena kagan cast herself as a judicial moderate with her ultimate belief in equal justice under law. >> it means that everyone who comes before the court, regardless of wealth or power or station, receives the same process and the same protections. what this commands of judges is even-handedness and impartiality. >> reporter: for all her opinions, kagan sat silent for much of monday's confirmation hearings as senators voiced both praise -- >> solicitor general kagan brings both moderation and pragmatism to a court that is sorely in need of both. >> reporter: and concern. >> miss kagan has less real legal experience of any nominee in at least 50 years. >> reporter: kagan, the current solicitor general of the united states, is a former dean of
harvard law school and one of the most respected legal minds in the country. if the 50-year-old is confirmed she would be the first justice in nearly 40 years who hasn't already sat on the bench as a judge. >> i am hopeful that you will use your great skills and abilities to bring that commonsense perspective to the court. >> reporter: critics point to kagan's decision while at harvard to limit on-campus military recruiting because of the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. >> her actions punished the military and demeaned our soldiers as they were courageously fighting for our country in two wars overseas. >> reporter: if kagan is confirmed as expected, it would be the first time in u.s. history that three women are sitting on the high court at the same time. jeremy and barbara? >> t.j. winick in washington, thank you. it was not the homecoming she wanted. teen sailor abby sunderland is back in southern california this morning. the final leg of her journey began on an island in the indian ocean sunday. the 16-year-old abandoned her attempt to sail around the world nearly three weeks ago. that was when an indian ocean
storm broke the mast off her boat. she was rescued by french fishermen. sunderland will talk to reporters later today. the city of phoenix is covered with a layer of dust this morning, a sure sign of summer. dusty winds whipped up a huge dust storm yesterday, polluting swimming pools and everything else. looked like the dirty '30s there. dust storms in the valley around phoenix this time of year. more powerful winds are expected there today. break out the pledge. here's your tuesday forecast now. hurricane warnings south of corpus christi as alex churns closer to mexico. downpours in dallas, houston, new orleans, birmingham, and jacksonville. showers in georgia and the carolinas. severe storms in helena, montana, boise, and spokane. >> 66 in seattle. 96 in sacramento. mild in the 70s across the upper midwest. 90 here in new york. and 93 in baltimore. sweaty. >> it is sweaty. police officers have tough work. they wear many hats. and in california yesterday, it
was their turn to play shepherd. >> dozens of sheep escaped their pasture through a hole in the fence. they made their way onto a highway in the san francisco area and it took officers about a half hour to block traffic and herd the sheep off the road. >> luckily the sheep didn't cause any traffic problems. the herd made it back to the pasture unharmed. i feel bad for the officer who had to count all of them. he probably fell asleep right then and there and is still asleep. >> he needs a day off. >> that's right. we'll be right back with more "world news now."
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for decades. the fbi has arrested ten people in several locations. they're accused of using fake identities to collect information on u.s. policies and research programs. most appeared to be ordinary couples, some with children, who lead typical lives in the suburbs. >> stop to talk about dogs or kids or gardening just like a normal neighbor would. >> it's unnerving. we're living in a world where who can you trust? >> the fbi says the suspects would meet at a new york city coffee shop and in bookstores to transmit messages to russia. some suspects had been under observation for years. wow. disconce disconcerting. >> that is disconcerting. international espionage as dangerous game where people risk their lives and the lives of those they love. >> an iranian man who left his family and his country. the ordeal ended up on youtube. >> reporter: more than 2 billion videos are viewed on youtube every day.
dancing prisoners. a sneezing panda. and an all-time favorite, david after the dentist. a 7-year-old still high after his wisdom teeth were pulled talking nonsense. >> is this real life? >> reporter: but little noticed amid all the nonsense were these two videos whose implications could not be more serious. both videos feature the same man, an iranian nuclear scientist who u.s. officials say became a cia spy and defected last year. in this video, posted by the iranian government, amyrrhi says he was kidnapped, drugged and tortured by the cia. in this video, posted by the cia on the same day, amyrrhi says he is happily living in the u.s. the behind the scenes intrigue of how these two dueling videos of the defector came to be on youtube has never been told until tonight. it is a 21st century version of
the life long-confronted by spies and defectors. >> if you're a connecter it's a very complicated process you're going through. you're leaving one life, entering another. your reality is going to change. and your sanity is going to be sorely tested. >> reporter: u.s. officials say shaw raw amiri was an important spy ford cia. a valued scientist who provided current information from inside the iranian nuclear program. amiri helped to confirm a second secret iranian nuclear facility outside the city of qoh. amiri also provided evidence that contrary to what american intelligence had concluded in 2007, iran's weaponization program was continuing. last year, the cia used a pilgrimage to saudi arabia as cover to carry out amiri's defection to the u.s. but he left behind a large family, including his wife and son. >> when you leave your country you're always leaving something
behind. there is part of you which never leaves. >> reporter: amiri was relocated to tucson, arizona, and u.s. officials say he began to miss his family and have second thoughts about his decision to defect. a development that came as no surprise to former cia officer charles dullfor. >> when the person leaves their country they're treated as a rock star. but over time they become a burden. >> reporter: u.s. officials say amiri used his computer to call his family in iran, to tell his son he missed him. but that iranian intelligence agents intercepted the call and told him his son would be harmed unless he denounced the u.s. this is what he said on the video posted on youtube and broadcast on iranian television, appearing to be reading from a text, asking for human rights groups to save him. >> i was really unjustly kidnapped from a third country and brought to the country of america. and my request is that they make all efforts and use their abilities to secure my freedom
and my return to my beloved country. >> reporter: the cia posted its video of amiri almost within hours of the iranian version on youtube. this footage appears to be professionally produced and lit. amiri appears at ease, wearing a sports coat, seeming to read from a teleprompter. >> translator: here, freely, i tell everyone that i am safe. my goal in my conversation today is to put an end to all the rumors and allegations made against me over the last year. i am an iranian and i have taken no action whatsoever against my country. >> reporter: in the background there is a globe, turned to north america, and a chess set, perhaps symbolic of the game now being played between the two countries and their spy agencies. amiri concludes with a message to his wife and son. >> translator: i have sorely missed my wife and my son. i know that the government of
the islamic republic of iran will take care of and protect my family. >> reporter: inside the cia, however, there is fear that amiri may eventually redefect out of concern for his son's safety. given the alleged threats, amiri may be forced to choose between his life and his son's. brian ross, abc news, new york. >> and i guess logistically he can redefect. defectors aren't kept under lock and key. he's sort of free to do that. iran wants him back, though, they say he's being held against his will. >> it's a difficult and bizarre enough story. to see it played out on youtube is another thing. >> brian ross pointed out we're used to seeing sneezing panda bears. but not this sort of international espionage. very bizarre. coming up, a sensitive international issue today for the white house. >> tension and what abdullah and president obama plan to address. that's next.
president obama meets with the saudi king today. >> they'll discuss israel and women's rights in the arab world. lara setrakian has a preview from dubai. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and barbara. the pressure's on the obama administration today when saudi arabia's abdullah visits the white house. the top issue, stalled peace talks between the israelis and the palestinians. saudi arabia wants obama to get tough on israel to force a move towards settling the conflict. obama wants saudi arabia so move towards normalizing ties with the jewish state. as the most powerful and wealthiest arab country, saudi
arabia has the influence to tilt the arab world toward recognizing israel's right to exist. another issue that comes up in saudi/u.s. relations is women's rights. king abdullah reigns over one of the most conservative countries on the planet. women live under the veil without certain personal freedoms. king abdullah himself is seen as a moderate, a reformer who's given women greater opportunities and curbed the crackdowns of saudi religious beliefs. but there are limits to what he can do. there's a more than 100-year-old deal between the saudi royal family and the country's strict muslim critic. the fundamentalist branch that gave rise to al qaeda and keeps women out of the public eye. saudi arabia perpetuates that ideology, even while partnering with america in the war on terrorism. jeremy and barbara? >> of course women's rights an issue over there for a long time. we'll see if any progress is made on that issue. >> you're going to bet they'll probably talk about iran's nuclear capabilities as well,
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the feds say ten suspected spies from russia were hiding in the northeast suburbs. hot spot. bp's round the clock operation to contain the spilled oil as tropical storm alex poses a new threat. and, flight food. new anxiety over airline meals. >> i don't think we'll eat the food today. >> after some unappetizing inspections. it's tuesday, june 29th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i guess the most surprising thing about that story for me was that airlines still served food. i didn't know that. >> i haven't been on one of those in a long time. peanuts only. >> where we're forced to sit back in coach you only get
peanuts. if you do fly first class, there's some eye-opening information about the food they serve you. we'll have that coming up for you this half hour. thanks for joining us, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm barbara pinto in for vinita nair this morning. the obama administration has struggled mightily to reset u.s./russia relations. >> but the arrest of ten people accused of spying for russia, seems like old times. here's abc's michael barr. >> reporter: the neighbors had no idea who was living next door. >> he'd stop and talk about dogs or kids or gardening just like a normal neighbor would. >> reporter: the accused spies, barely noticed in the melting pot of big northeastern cities. >> around here anything could happen, yeah. it's the new york city area. there's a lot of people from everywhere. >> it's unnerving. we're living in a world where who can you trust? >> reporter: on monday, 10 of the 11 alleged undercover agents appeared before judges in new york, boston, and alexandria. one suspect is still at large. all are charged with conspiring
to act as agents of the russian federation within the united states. according to the fbi, all of them had marching orders from moscow. you were sent to usa for long-term service trip to search and develop ties in policy-making circles in u.s. and send intelligent reports to c center. this coffee shop and bookstore in manhattan were just one of the many places where the alleged secret agents met their targets. among them a former high-ranking united states government national security official. a person working on bunker-buster nuclear warheads. a new york financier prominent in politics and a major fund-raiser for an unnamed political party. the fbi says defendants used a method of communication not used during cold war espionage cases by establishing a short-range wireless network between laptop computers and exchanging encrypted messages when they were close to each other. michael barr, abc news. the supreme court delivered a landmark ruling on the right to bear arms, rejecting chicago's sweeping handgun ba. .
>> the justices ruled the constitution guarantees the right to keep handguns at home, no matter where you live. t.j. winick is in washington with more. good morning, t.j. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and barbara. in the 5-4 ruling monday the supreme court said americans don't just have a right to bear arms, it is a basic civil right. according to legal experts, the supreme court ruling essentially ended gun control. justice samuel alito declared that self-defense is a basic right. it means all state and local gun bans and restrictions across the country are doomed. it's a big victory for gun owners and the national rifle association. >> i have a right to protect myself. i have a right to own a firearm to do that. that's at the very core of our american consciousness. >> reporter: four dissenting judges disagreed pointing to the second amendment's language that the right to bear arms is connected with a need for a well-regulated militia. the case came out of chicago, where laws ban virtually all private ownership of handguns. still, they haven't deterred
criminals. in the last two weeks more than 80 have been shot and 13 killed. annette's son was murdered on a city bus. >> this is a slap in the face to parents. those of us who have lost our children to gun violence. >> reporter: despite the high court's ruling the city may require handgun owners to buy liability insurance and register guns locally. it may also mandate ballistic fingerprinting so police can track bullets to specific guns. >> common sense tells you we need fewer guns on the street, not more guns. >> reporter: the justices did leave open the possibility that certain kinds of gun restrictions are constitutional, which likely means more legal battles in the years ahead. jeremy and barbara? >> thank you, t.j. winick in washington, d.c. the governors of arizona and texas are livid over an obama administration border security plan. they say their sional guard troops. the plan is to deploy 1,200 guard soldiers to the mexican border with about half of them going to arizona. arizona's jan brewer says the
total deployment should total 6,000 troops, including 3,000 in her state. confirmation hearings began today in the senate armed services committee. president obama has nominated general david petraeus to be the top commander in afghanistan. petraeus currently oversees the wars in iraq and afghanistan as the head of u.s. central command. he of course will replace general stanley mcchrystal who notified the army yesterday that he will retire. the senate judiciary committee will question elena kagan today. a week of confirmation hearings on her supreme court nomination began with opening statements. jonathan karl was there. >> reporter: after weeks of the silence imposed on all supreme court nominees, elena kagan at last had a chance to speak. promising that if confirmed -- >> i will work hard. and i will do my best to consider every case impartially. >> reporter: kagan once criticized past nominees for turning hearings into a vapid and hollow charade, by refusing
to say anything specific. now as the nominee, she stuck to generalities. >> but the court must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the american people. >> reporter: kagan had to sit through more than three hours of opening statements, trying to keep a poker face. but it didn't work. just watch her expression as republicans call her a political partisan. or when democrats praise her real world experience. >> she is the right person at the right time. >> reporter: the top republican on the committee suggested she is unqualified. >> miss kagan has less real legal experience of any nominee in at least 50 years. >> reporter: and condemned her decision as dean of harvard law school to ban the military from the campus career office. >> her actions punished the military and demeaned our soldiers as they were courageously fighting for our country in two wars overseas. >> reporter: but republican lindsey graham said he believes kagan is qualified, and offered
her some advice. >> good luck, be as candid as possible, and it's okay to disagree with us up here. >> reporter: there will be some fireworks on tuesday as senators finally get a chance to pose questions directly to kagan. but democrats are even more confident that she will be confirmed than they were with the sotomayor nomination last year. even though they expect kagan will actually get fewer votes with all but a handful of republicans poised to vote no. jonathan karl, abc news, capitol hill. tropical storm alex is gaining strength in the southern gulf of mexico and it could become a hurricane today. hurricane warnings are now posted for the south texas coast and into mexico. people are filling sandbags and buying plywood, bottled water and other supplies. the storm is not expected to directly affect the area of the oil spill but it could cause disruptions in the cleanup. alex is moving northwest, it's expected to produce up to 10 inches of rain in parts of mexico and texas over the next few days.
forecasters say alex should make landfall near the texas/mexico border sometime late tomorrow. texas has already issued a disaster proclamation. here's the rest of your tuesday forecast. outside texas, storms hit the gulf region with downpours and flooding from new orleans to jacksonville. showers from georgia to the carolinas. hail, gusty winds and isolated tornados from spokane to helena. >> 98 in billings. 103 in salt lake city. a sweltering 110 in phoenix. mid-70s from fargo to detroit. 90s along much of the east coast. it's a real roaster. i call these double deodorant days. you've got to load up. >> bad hair days too. >> that's for sure. which leads us to our next story. some inmate near nashville are thinking outside the cell and pursuing an unlikely breakout career. >> more than a dozen convicts graduated from cosmetology school and they're showing off their styling skills. they put their creativity to the test in a hair show using staff and fellow inmates and
vice president joe biden tours the gulf coast today, vice president joe biden tours the gulf coast today, checking up on oil cleanup operations which could be delayed. >> with tropical storm alex gaining strength, bp's operations might need to scale back and it is an impressive operation. jeffrey kofman got to see it miles offshore.
>> reporter: it takes about an hour to get there. flying through the clouds with a clear view of the gulf of mexico below. as we get closer, those now-familiar ribbons of brown oil scar the surface. about 40 miles south of the louisiana marshes, it comes into view. those telltale flares, giant drill rigs, a staggering assembly of ships, boats and barges. we circle what is a city at sea down there, ground zero. in these waters on the night of april 20th, the drill rig deepwater horizon exploded. 36 hours later it sank. 5,000 feet below the surface, on the seabed, the blown-out well continues to spew oil into these pristine waters, as it has now for almost ten weeks. our chopper lands on the deck of one of two drill rigs out here. until now, unseen by americans and off-limits to all journalists. which may surprise some, given this is bp's last, best hope to stop the gushing well. that is one dramatic sight. that is an incredibly dramatic
sight. we are on development driller 2, dd2 as it's known, one of two massive floating rigs brought here to drill the relief wells. it's manned by 173 workers. they work three weeks on, three weeks off, 12 hours a day. on his sleeve, performance engineer josh wears proudly wears two patches. one, the flag of louisiana. the state he was born in and lives in. and the other, bp, the company he works for. i'm guessing you've worn that with pride for a long time. >> i have. >> what's it like wearing that patch now? >> the last time i went home, i wore a bp shirt and my wife asked me, are you going to wear that in town? i said, yes, why not? she said, well, in essence of what's going on. i said, i'm proud of bp. i'm proud of bp and they still pay my check. so i'm not going to stop wearing it just because some people in the world feel that bp is on bad times. >> reporter: they are feeling the heat and working in it too.
the ships in front of us roar with blinding flames so massive you can feel the searing heat. after all of bp's quick fixes failed, these ships were brought here as an interim solution. collecting what oil they can and burning off the natural gas. these drill rigs they hope are the route to a permanent solution. frantically drilling 18,000 feet down in a race to find the blown-out well hole and plug it. overseeing it all, vessel master matt mcculsky, the captain. we're floating? is that right? >> that's correct. >> how do you stay in place when you've got currents and waves and storms coming through? >> we use a system called dynamic positioning. >> reporter: if it sounds technical that's because it is. but the guys here insist they are getting close. how's this project going? >> it's working great down there, we're on track, everything's working good. >> when you say on track, how far down are you, how far down do you need to go? >> right now we're 12,038 feet. >> reporter: on this rig they've
got another 6,000 or so feet to go before they try to break through to that broken well. but the rig over there, dd3, began much earlier. and as of today it is just 900 feet from its target. but they insist it could be another six weeks before they actually kill the well because the deeper they go, the slower they go. more than two miles below the earth's surface they are trying to find and plug a hole just seven searches across. about the size of a frisbee. it is precision work, above and below the water line. >> this is our set point where we want to be over the top of the well. >> that tropical storm in the caribbean, if it were coming this way what would you do with this vessel? >> pull up all the equipment, bring it on deck, try to get as far away from the storm as we possibly could. >> you wouldn't try to ride it out here? >> no. >> reporter: the hope is the weather will hold, the relief wells will work, and these men and everyone around the gulf coast will finally get some peace of mind. what's it like seeing your company face this kind of scrutiny? >> it is killing me. i mean, this is my life.
and bp's been mighty good to me, i feel. it just tears me up to see bp in a position we're in. we're going to survive, don't get me wrong, we're going to survive. >> reporter: despite the pressure here, this is a routine operation. no one we met out on these rigs doubts the outcome. >> after they get the well killed with mud, cement will follow behind that and cement it up. >> we hope? >> we will. >> you will? >> yes. >> you're confident? >> yes. >> why are you so confident? >> because we know what we're doing. very confident. >> reporter: rarely if ever has one drilling project mattered so much to so many. i'm jeffrey kofman aboard the development driller 2 in the gulf of mexico. >> a lot of fingers crossed that that does work. >> yeah, and the containment is still under way but not doing as much as you'd like. here's a live picture from the bottom of the gulf. they are capturing about 1 million gallons of crude per day.
>> less than half of what is leaking. >> 2.5 million is still leaking. that story better than most, i think, detailed the love-hate relationship folks have with bp. they love it because it's their lifeline financially. >> interesting to hear from the workers. coming up, the unappetizing results of some health inspections. >> why you may say no thanks to food served by airlines. you're watching "world news now."
i want to put your tray tables in the full, upright and locked position. after you hear this story. airline food, long been the butt of jokes. a new report on what we eat on board is no laughing matter. >> airlines still serve precooked meals on international flights and longer domestic flights. now there's concern it could make you sick. here's lisa stark. >> reporter: for those who still get airline meals, or those who buy them, some stomach-churning news. from inspections at some of the companies that make the food. at the lsg sky chefs facility in denver, live and dead roach-like insects too numerous to count. at their plant in minneapolis, rodent droppings in all areas where food was stored. at a gate gourmet facility in
maryland, cooked seafood, chicken and filet mignon stored at improper temperatures. the unsafe conditions are outlined in documents first obtained by "usa today." and reviewed for the paper by a public health consultant. >> there's lots of evidence that these problems have continued from inspection to inspection. they seem endemic. >> reporter: what do passengers think? >> that's disgusting. >> i wonder if that's any different than if they were to inspect restaurants very carefully. >> i don't think we'll eat the food today. >> reporter: the documents reveal serious problems at multiple facilities. the companies insist they have strict quality control. and any violations are corrected immediately. lisa stark, abc news, washington. >> you know, i used to think people who got served meals on flights were lucky. >> right. they're the ones who are going to get sick. one guy made a good point, if you looked at your local restaurant inspections i'm sure this is not that much different. these are the same things that show up in those restaurant
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when you join. good song. >> a really good song. i have no idea who that is. >> i don't either. >> we'll have to find that out. finally this half hour the world cup players who are scoring the goals and the referees who are blowing the calls. >> fifa, the governing body in soccer, has faced many questions about the quality of this year's refs. but what is the solution? here's the bbc's james pierce. >> lamb pardon! brilliant! >> it was in. no! >> reporter: you've probably
seen it over and over again already. and you will do for years to come. >> it's so far in! >> reporter: the moment where frank lampard scored one of the best goals of the tournament, but was then told it wouldn't count as it hasn't crossed the line. >> look at that, he knew it was in, we knew it was in. >> reporter: watching in the stands, sepp blatter, president of fifa. a governing body ducking all questions. >> fifa does not comment on refereeing decisions. we obviously will not open any debate on refereeing. i think i was quite clear before, sorry. >> reporter: debate about whether or not the ball crossed the line is nothing new. england's aren't even the first team to leave this african world cup complaining about the lack of goal line technology. in march, fifa was presented with two possible options. both rejected. one was a cairos system developed in germany. this places a sensor in the ball. when it crosses the line, signals are sent to a computer and the referee is informed via a message on his watch. the second option is developed
by the english company hawkeye. its technology is already used in tennis and cricket. a number of cameras analyzing the incident and a replay confirms what happened. >> it undermines the whole credibility of the sport. we build the event up as the most important one, the players want to win the most, and it ends up being decided through poor officiating rather than based on the quality of the game. >> reporter: the 1966 world cup finals, the most famous example of a goal line debate. 44 years on the clamor for change is growing. >> nobody's going to expect it on a sunday morning. it's ludicrous. a lot of those games don't have linesmen anyway. so i don't really think there's an argument against it, except being stubborn to be perfectly honest. it will come in the end. >> reporter: that will be too late for frank lampard. a moment of brilliance that counted for nothing. >> with all that technology maybe they just need eyeglasses for the refs.
suburban spies. that's how the feds describe ten people accused of international espionage. what's led to the arrests. >> firearm firestorm. the supreme court's big decision on gun rights. >> we need fewer guns on the street, not more guns. >> now, questions, safety on the streets. and, grand entrance. canada's royal welcome to the queen. it's tuesday, june 29th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i'm kind of surprised that the queen had to hold her own umbrella. you would think that somebody would hold the parasol for her. >> i thought somebody does. >> i would think so too. we've got to find out about
that. >> we'll get to the bottom of that. good morning. i'm barbara pinto in for vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. ten people are in federal custody accused of spying for the russians. >> the justice department says they led ordinary lives but hid extraordinary international intrigue. here's chief investigative correspondent brian ross. >> reporter: they lived in residential neighborhoods including at this house in yonkers, new york, and similar locations in mont clair, new jersey, boston, and arlington, virginia. >> when i'm thinking about it now, knowing they were accused of being spies, no, nothing particular draws my attention to that. seems like totally regular -- regular people. >> reporter: the fbi says it intercepted a coded message of instruction for the six men and four women from moscow center, russian spy headquarters. quote, you were sent to usa for a long-term service trip to search and develop ties in policy-making circles in u.s. and send intelligence reports to c, center. according to the fbi, the ten illegals would meet at this coffee shop in new york and bookstores in greenwich village
to transmit computer messages to known russian government officials. the fbi also described some of the people the accused spies met with, leaving out their names. a former high-ranking united states government national security official. a person working on bunker buster nuclear warheads. a new york financier, prominent in politics and a major fund-raiser for an unnamed political party. all of this comes five days after the russian president met with president obama in washington, sharing hamburgers and french fries at a restaurant in arlington, virginia. the same town where two of the accused russian spies had spent a decade working against the u.s. brian ross, abc news, new york. two of the suspected spies were arrested in cambridge, massachusetts. a woman who called herself tracy leann foley is one of them. her website identifies her as a real estate relocation expert. originally from montreal, foley and her companion, donald howard heathfield, were taken into custody at their cambridge
home and they'll be next in court on thursday. the supreme court has issued a landmark decision on the second amendment right to bear arms. in a 5-4 decision the justices ruled that the right to keep a gun in your home for self-defense is a basic civil right like the right to vote. and they ruled that no city or state can deny that right by banning gun ownership. >> i have a right to protect myself. i have a right to own a firearm to do that. that's at the very core of our american consciousness. >> the case had to do with a chicago law which outlaws private ownership of handguns. that law is now doomed. the justices did say some restrictions may be constitutional, but they did not specify what they might be. years of legal wrangling lie ahead. the high court ruling waded into politics too. judge samuel alito wrote the poor and minority people in high-crime areas have the right to protect themselves. he says police and elected officials have failed them. chris bury reports from chicago.
>> we've got shots fired. >> reporter: after 28 years the handgun ban has done little to stem the tide. in the last two weeks more than 80 shot, 13 killed. annette's son was murdered on a city bus. still, she fears more guns would make things worse. >> this is a slap in the face to all of us who have lost children to gun violence. >> reporter: but on this corner where the pawn shop owner recently shot and killed an armed robber, the manager of a nearby liquor store believes lifting the ban levels the playing field. why do you think you should be able to have a gun here? >> because whoever's going to come and rob the store is going to have a gun. >> reporter: one of her suppliers is not so sure. >> i think more bullets flying around possibly is not a good thing for innocent bystanders. >> reporter: now that the ban is in legal jeopardy city officials here are determined to make owning a gun at least as difficult as owning a car. the city may require handgun owners to buy liability insurance, and register guns locally. so first responders know which homes have them.
it may also mandate ballistic fingerprinting so police can track bullets to specific guns. >> common sense tells you we need fewer guns on the street, not more guns. >> reporter: now the question is, will legal handgun ownership make cities already reeling from violence more safe? or less? chris bury, abc news, chicago. warnings this morning for diabetics taking avandia after two studies of that drug. researchers say people taking avandia may have a higher risk of heart failure, stroke, and death compared to those on other medications. maker glaxosmithkline says its trials show no increased risk. fda hearings start in two weeks. mississippi officials are pleading for more assistance now that spilled oil is washing up on their shores and tropical storm alex could make matters worse. matt gutman reports. >> reporter: the storm will delay bp's efforts to contain roughly twice the amount of oil it's already capturing for at least a week, and push more oil onto these shores.
and what had been a safe haven, biloxi, mississippi, spared no more. >> it's a lot worse than i thought it would be. >> reporter: mike brown took his daughters to the beach. it was closed. >> just to see the place that we go, you know, to get away from it all, can't go there anymore, can't get away from anything out there. >> reporter: his daughter kendall smothered in oil. >> what's that like? >> it just felt kind of goopy. >> reporter: throughout the spill governor haley barber's been sharply criticized for downplaying the magnitude of the disaster. >> we've had a few tar balls but we have tar balls every year. came up one day and washed out the next day. the biggest negative impact for us has been the news coverage. >> reporter: now the governor's asking for more resources. >> we have to be honest with the public that right now we don't have enough skimming capacity if everything that is off our shores actually keeps coming north. >> reporter: but it's not honesty that local officials need, but more resources from bp and the coast guard. >> how quickly did they react when you told them there was
significant amounts of oil here? >> they didn't react at all. they said there's more oil than boats. >> reporter: and while families may have fled this beach, we've seen busloads of those workers pour in here for the first time, picking up tar patties like this one by one. now they've been on this beach now for five hours on the same patch of beach. matt gutman, abc news, biloxi, mississippi. and some more about tropical storm alex gaining strength. it could become a hurricane. warnings are already posted along the south texas coast and people there are taking precautions. texas officials have already issued a disaster proclamation. alex could bring up to 10 inches of rain to the area. >> they're getting ready. the storm is moving northwest. forecasters say although it should turn into a weak hurricane today, but not as powerful as first expected. alex appears to be on track to make landfall near the texas/mexico border sometime late tomorrow. now for the rest of your forecast on this tuesday. heavy rain, thunderstorms and flooding from central texas to florida. rain up to the carolinas. leftover showers in maine.
severe weather with a tornado threat in parts of washington state, montana, and idaho. scattered thunderstorms in the central rockies. >> 87 in colorado springs. 86 in albuquerque. 96 in sacramento. milder across the midwest. chicago 74. and the twin cities 76. 90s from new york down to miami. as you know, of course, brides especially like to stand out on their wedding day. but a bride and groom in iowa, they wanted to blend in, i guess. >> here we go. avid hunters, the couple decided to tie the knot on a tree stand hunting platform. they wore camouflage. the gown was special ordered from a louisiana designer. silver and marvin hunter, yes that's his real name, even fired off a few shots from their bow during the ceremony. >> the newlyweds say they hunt so much together, that it just seemed like the right thing to do. he got himself a cougar too. we'll be right back.
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as the economy continues to wait for the housing market to recover, we found an aspect of the real estate business that is booming. >> fallout shelters are all the rage as a growing number of americans plan for the end of the world. here's david wright. >> reporter: in the middle of the mojave desert -- the middle of nowhere, you might say -- is a bland white building surrounded by a chain link fence. i never would have spotted it. >> yeah, pretty stealthy. >> reporter: beneath this very spot is a secret hideout built with the end of the world in mind. >> would you like to step into my bunker? >> reporter: deep underground,
beneath the california desert, behind a big blue door marked "caution." >> go ahead and try the door. >> whoa. >> that's 3,000 pounds. >> like a bank vault. >> yeah. >> reporter: this structure dates back to the cold war. the vintage equipment even includes a nuclear blast detector. but developer robert vicino is now in the process of redesigning the place, as the ultimate underground shelter. >> you know, it's noah's ark, just happens to be underground. >> reporter: complete with a hospital, a dental clinic, and a movie theater. >> we designed it after kind of a cruise ship luxury yacht with a feeling that if you're going to be down there for as much as a year, we have to make it as comfortable as possible. >> reporter: price tag, $50,000 per adult, $25,000 for kids, first come, first served. this shelter is almost sold out. who would pay that? folks like steve kramer of san pedro, california. in a storage locker near his home he's already been stockpiling supplies.
>> this is a water purification system. this is a fishing kit. i don't think we'll be stopping at any stores to buy fresh fish. have to catch our own. >> reporter: getting ready to live off the land in a worst-case scenario. like the one imagined in the recent hollywood movie "the road." >> how many people do you think are still alive? >> in the world? not very many. >> reporter: just like the man in that chilling story, for kramer too, this is a father-son project. >> i remember the fears that i had, you know. we didn't have a place to go. under the desk, that was it, duck and cover. that didn't seem like much protection against a nuclear blast. ♪ duck and cover >> reporter: in those days the threat was very specific. >> duck and cover under the table. >> reporter: and made real to every school kid across the country. >> duck and cover! atta boy, tony. >> you thought, okay, it's going to be the russians.
you knew who you were afraid of. now you don't know who to be afraid of. >> reporter: there are the terrorists, of course. also the fear of complete economic collapse. >> if the economy collapses, if the dollar becomes worthless and people are scrambling for food and shelter, it's going to get ugly. >> reporter: and environmental disasters. either natural or manmade. >> you don't know if it's going to be some kind of a natural cataclysmic disaster that could vaporize everybody, or the terrorists. we just don't know. >> reporter: that's why kramer decided to buy space in the terra vivo survival bunker in the mojave desert, 150 miles from l.a. close enough to get to, remote enough to be relatively safe. according to developer robert vicino, part of a survival network near every major city. >> we hope to have 20 facilities done by 2012. but beyond, like i said, we're looking at doing 20 in china,
three in taiwan, romania, russia, everywhere. people are coming at us from everywhere. >> isn't it a little paranoid? >> no. do you think the government's paranoid? >> well, they're selling them. >> no, the government is building them for themselves and they have been for a long time. they've been feverishly building them for the last ten years. we use the same engineers, the same architects. we know that they're building them. >> reporter: steve kramer doesn't see himself as paranoid. >> i see myself as the ultimate boy scout. they said, be prepared. okay. >> you're very prepared. >> i'm very prepared. >> reporter: in the bible, people thought noah was crazy. until the flood happened. i'm david wright in an undisclosed location in the mojave desert. >> and i guess that's the point i was just going to make. they won't seem paranoid if this all turns out to be true and we're the ones who don't have our own bunker. but right now, the idea that they would spend this kind of money and make these kind of preparations does seem a little --
>> it's a lot of money. >> -- paranoid. >> it's like insurance i guess. it only is important when you need it. >> exactly, right. and like they said, there are these places all over the country. there's a guy in orlando that's built a bunker in kansas, and it's expensive to get an entire floor for like $1.7 million. >> how do you get there? >> right. it's not easy. especially in the event of some sort of awful disaster. coming up, the scandal involving a team usa soccer star. and who's calling it quits from "the office."
the fact that landon donovan and his wife who he's separated from, we have to mention, aren't surprised he maybe fathered a child out of wedlock. >> she's not surprised? >> no, she says she's not surprised, she's not shocked. this is bianca kajlich, the woman he blew the kiss to after the amazing last win of the u.s. soccer team. apparently a british woman who's not been identified came forward and said she may be carrying landon donovan's baby, and of course she told him in the middle of the world cup. >> so that's why they- >> you never know. he basically said if he was the father, then he'll provide the appropriate support. >> sounds like he and his wife are trying to work things out perhaps or at least they're getting along. >> not exactly a step in the right direction here. >> if she can put up with this, she can put up with anything. wow. interesting stuff. that soccer team. who says soccer's boring? now we know it's not. >> full of intrigue.
>> well, looks like dunder mifflin may be looking for a new boss. steve carell -- >> say it isn't so. >> i know, how can "the office" go on. michael scott, steve carell, is leaving the show. this is all going to happen in may 2011 at the end of the upcoming tv season. he announced it while he's out promoting this new movie. he says it's going to be his last. he wants to honor his contract. he also wants to spend more time with his wife and two young children. nbc isn't saying that much about this, but they're saying this is an ensemble cast. they've said that in the past, perhaps the show will go on without steve carell. it's hard to imagine dunder mifflin without michael scott. >> what are we going to do without his painful awkwardness? >> we have a few bosses here at abc that perhaps could fill the bill. i'm just saying. >> switching topics briskly. imagine this, imagine that you are in a church choir and you're from louisville, texas, and you go to new orleans on a mission trip and you decide to sing let's say lenny kravitz's "fly
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here are some stories to watch today on abc news. bunting marks senator robert byrd's seat on capitol hill after his death yesterday. flags have been lowered to half staff in byrd's west virginia hometown and in washington. confirmation hearings continue for supreme court nominee elena kagan today. she found support from senate democrats and criticism from republicans during the first day of hearings. vice president joe biden will be in new orleans today, in pensacola, to be briefed on the oil disaster in the gulf. finally from us this half hour, britain's queen elizabeth is in canada making her first trip there in five years. >> the queen is a symbolic head of state in canada and she's celebrating the 100th anniversary of the royal canadian navy.
ctv has more from halifax. >> reporter: for the first time in five years, queen elizabeth and the duke of edinburgh stepped onto canadian soil. in halifax, met by a warm welcome in chilly, wet weather. at the foot of the citadel built by the british nearly two centuries ago, the royal couple were received with full military honors. greeted by governor general mikhail jean, and the prime minister, words of welcome. >> thank you, your majesty, for over a happy century of wise and gracious service as our monarch, and welcome to canada. >> reporter: the queen inspected the guard of honor. her visit is the highlight of centennial celebrations of the canadian navy. she touched on the very intimate connection between the royal family and this country. >> my mother once said that this country felt like a home away from home for the queen of canada. prime minister, i'm delighted to
report that it still does, and i'm delighted to be back amongst you all. >> reporter: thousands of her subjects endured foul weather, but were thrilled to see her. >> she asked me if i was pretty wet from the weather and i said yes, but it was worth every minute of it. >> reporter: then there's jane gibson. >> i love the queen. yeah. ooh-la-la! >> reporter: from new york she drove two days for this. >> i wouldn't give a fig to see a president but i'll come to see the queen. >> reporter: from the garrison grounds, a step back in time. to a recreation of an ancient village to see the work of first nation artists. during their nine-day tour the royal couple will also visit ontario and manitoba. but tuesday the queen sails to review the naval fleet. >> ooh-la-la. would you drive that far to see the queen? >> you know, i would think about it. it's quite a road trip. >> all kinds of royalty in north america.